Did you know that my city is home to almost 400 museums? I guess that might be one of the reasons why I know I’ll never see the day that I am done exploring my beloved Amsterdam. Just recently, I paid a visit to one of the most unique museums, tucked away in the heart of the city, called ‘Our Lord in the Attic’.
From the outside, ‘Our Lord in the Attic Museum’ is just the typical Amsterdam seventeenth-century canal house, dated from the Dutch Golden age. But one would never be able to guess what kind of fascinating architecture and history hides behind this facade…
‘Our Lord in the Attic Museum’ is a uniquely preserved house, with a very rich history to it. When visiting this fascinating place, you’ll be able to explore the narrow corridors, climb a lot of really tiny stairs, see some beautiful, original furnished living rooms, kitchens and some good old bedsteads. But most surprising and breathtaking of all, you’ll find an entire church hidden in the literal highpoint of building: the attic!
Back in 1663, when this Catholic church was built, it was prohibited to celebrate mass. This is the reason why the church was hidden in the attic, and even though the word spread quite fast, the authorities (luckily) decided to turn a blind eye. Nowadays, freedom of religion and of conscience are central themes at the museum today. Additionally, this historical place currently often hosts events with relevant and similar themes, in order to demonstrate the link between the past and current events.
‘Our Lord in the Attic Museum’ definitely makes for one of the most surprising and fascinating museums I’ve been to lately. Curious yet?
Our Lord in the Attic Museum
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 38
1012 GD Amsterdam
€•• (Adult ticket €12,50)